Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on the success of Jonathan Quick and Victor Cruz and their meteoric rise to sports fame this year.
On Friday, Victor Cruz wore a maroon tie on his trip to the White House, a silent nod to the prominent color of his college (University of Massachusetts) and high school (Paterson Catholic) alma maters. Three days later, shortly after hoisting the Conn Smythe Trophy, Jonathan Quick thanked UMass coach Toot Cahoon and the Minuteman program during a televised interview.
It's continued to be a good year for the UMass athletic department. Even after the Minuteman baseball team was eliminated from the Atlantic 10 tournament, ending the 2011-12 athletic season, its prominent former players are keeping the school's name in the news in good ways.
UMass has had alumni shine in the ranks of the four major professional sports before. Mike Flanagan won a Cy Young Award. Jeff Reardon was, at one point, baseball's all-time leader in saves. Marcus Camby was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
But none of them captured the attention of their fan bases like Quick and Cruz. In the nation's two largest media markets, the two former Minutemen not only found the spotlight, but have shined in its glare.
UMass split its weekend against New Hampshire taking a tough 4-3 loss on Friday night before bouncing back for a 4-2 win on Saturday. With the win and a Northeastern loss, UMass remains tied for 8th place in the league standings and holds a critical tie-breaker against the Huskies entering the final regular-season weekend.
Dick Baker has his weekly "UMass hockey: A Baker's Dozen of thoughts for the week" on MassLive.com today.
Among the mentions is that Toot Cahoon was a three-peat Beanpot winner as a player for Boston University. Cahoon appeared in three Beanpots, and the Terriers won all three. In 1970, they beat BC 5-4 to win the Beanpot final, and took Harvard by identical scores the next two years.
Scott Cournoyer of the Daily Collegian has a look at the start of the second half of the 2011-12 season with the UMass hockey team riding a three-game winning streak heading into this weekend's home-and-home series with No. 11 UMass Lowell.
Behind a hat trick from Danny Hobbs and another 35 save effort from Steve Mastalerz, the UMass hockey team defeated Vermont 4-3 to stay perfect at home this season and took its second season series from a Hockey East opponent.
Steve Mastalerz not only posted the first shutout of his career last night at the Mullins Center - the freshman goalie posted the first shutout ever against Boston College since the series began in the early 1920's. UMass cruised to a 4-0 win over the No. 4 Eagles to win the regular-season series thanks to a pair of goals from T.J. Syner and a shorthanded goal from Peter DeAngelo.
Kevin Zeise of InsideCollegeHockey.com has a look at UMass' recent success to close out the non-conference schedule and what that means as the second half of the season is underway with a full Hockey East slate.
Dave Hendrickson revisits last Saturday's Frozen Fenway 2012 win over Vermont with some extended quotes and observations from the games.
Toot and Fenway
While Cahoon has already commented in the preceding section on the event, he holds a special place among hockey people and Fenway Park. He's thrown out a first pitch, coached UMass to Saturday's overtime win, and ...
... well, let's let him tell it.
"I know there are 70,000 people that have said they were at Ted Williams' last game when he hit a home run, but I actually was," Cahoon said. "I was 11 years old and my dad brought me in. There might have been 14,000 people there because I know it was half empty.
"I can remember when Ted Williams hit [the home run], my dad jumping out of his seat, [yelling], 'He did it! He did it!'
"I love this park. I love this city. It's exciting for the team first and foremost and for the school, but on a personal level it's very exciting."
When asked once more about his Fenway notoriety, Cahoon turned humorous.
"It'll be something they put on my gravestone, I suppose," he said. "But I'd rather stay alive and not have that written real soon."
A special night was made historic as senior Michael Marcou scored the game-winner overtime goal on Saturday using his Fenway magic to give UMass a 3-2 win over Vermont in Frozen Fenway 2012. Jeff Teglia earned his first career win as the Minutemen played in front of a crowd of over 38,000 fans - the largest to ever see a UMass hockey game.
Danny Hobbs scored with 37 seconds left in regulation with a 6-on-5 goal in a comeback which forced an overtime 4-4 tie at Providence on Thursday night. Conor Sheary, Michael Marcou and Patrick Kiley each scored goals for UMass which will now head to Fenway Park to take on Vermont on Saturday.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on UMass hockey coach Don "Toot" Cahoon as he prepares the Minutemen not just for Frozen Fenway 2012 on Saturday, but also for the game at Providence on Thursday night.
Thanks to a pair of goals and an assist for Conor Sheary and 27 saves from Kevin Boyle, the UMass hockey team beat No. 13 Cornell 5-2 last night in the Everblades College Hockey Classic in Estero, Fla. UMass will face Maine tonight at 7:30 PM for the tournament championship. The game will be a non-conference match-up between the two Hockey East rivals and can be heard on 91.1 FM WMUA.
Michael Wood of The Daily Collegian looks at the impact Steven Guzzo is making after missing last season with a knee injury. The redshirt freshman has played in seven games this year and has two goals and an assist.
Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican has a feature on 6-foot-7 rookie defenseman Oleg Yevenko. Primarily known for his defensive presence, it was his offense that stole the show last Saturday night as his 3rd period goal stood as the game-winner against No. 1 Boston College.
The UMass hockey team fell at No. 1 Boston College on Friday night. The Minutemen will look to rebound this weekend as they host Boston University on Friday at the Mullins Center before rematching the Terriers on Saturday night at Agganis Arena.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of UMass hockey's weekend set with Bentley and Providence. UMass will host Bentley in the home opener at the Mullins Center on Friday night and will play at Providence on Saturday.
UMass and Northeastern battled to a 3-3 overtime tie on Friday night in the season opener for both teams. The Huskies managed to tie the game with two seconds left in regulation after pulling goalie Chris Rawlings for the extra skater.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story from Hockey East Media Day about the possibility of Notre Dame joining the league. He also mentions that nearly 34,000 tickets have been sold for Frozen Fenway 2012, but some tickets are still available.
UMass hockey head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon along with co-captains Danny Hobbs and T.J. Syner and assistant captain Michael Marcou attended the Hockey East Media Day at the TD Bank Garden on Tuesday. The Minutemen were picked 7th in the preseason coaches poll.
Dick Baker takes a look at UMass' goalie situation with returning sophomore Jeff Teglia serving as the incumbent starter. However, there will be a competition for the position throughout the preseason according to Baker.
Last Friday's announcement of the Hockey East double header, Frozen Fenway 2012, and New England Hockey Day in Boston sparked tons of excitement throughout the region. Here's all the coverage from the press conference:
Dick Baker provides his perspective of the addition of Blaise MacDonald to the UMass hockey coaching staff with this blog entry on MassLive.com:
The addition of MacDonald gives the Minutemen three coaches with collegiate head-coaching experience. Len Quesnelle, the other assistant coach, formerly was the head coach at Princeton.
Ironically, UMass head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon was responsible for bringing MacDonald in as an assistant coach at Boston University during the 1990-91 season when Cahoon was an assistant there.
They were there together one year, collaborating on a tremendous recruiting class that would go on to win a national championship a few years later. Cahoon then took over as the head coach at Princeton while MacDonald stayed on at BU through the 1995-96 campaign before leaving for Niagara.
Dick Baker has a piece in the Springfield Republican highlighting the UMass Hockey Pond Club Golf Tournament which will be held June 13 at The Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley, Mass.
It's the small things that can make a big difference in a Division I hockey program, so the University of Massachusetts hockey team and its supporters in the Pond Club will be hitting the small ball at the 11th annual UMass Hockey Pond Club Golf Tournament to be held June 13 at the Orchards Golf Course in South Hadley.
While the hockey program is funded by UMass, there are budget limitations. The money raised from the golf outing is key in helping the team purchase state of the art technology for video, improving the locker room space to keep pace with other programs, and providing additional academic support for the players. The event also gives the entire UMass hockey community a chance to get together for a day-full of activities.
The season ended for the UMass hockey team on Saturday night with a 4-2 loss at No. 2 Boston College in the Hockey East Quarterfinals. The game was the 24th of the season decided by one goal, overtime or an empty-net goal by the opponent out of 35 contests. The loss also brought closure to the careers of seniors Marc Concannon, Paul Dainton, Brian Keane, Doug Kublin, Chase Langeraap, Michael Lecomte, and Shaw Saunders.
The UMass hockey team fell 4-1 last night at Boston College in the first game of the three-game quarterfinal series. The two teams will re-match tonight at Conte Forum (7 PM). Danny Hobbs scored the lone goal for the Minutemen who started the game with great intensity, but after allowing a goal midway through the first period and 14 seconds into the second period, were not able to recover against the top-seeded Eagles.
The Minutemen are currently in Boston and will have their normal pregame skate this morning as they prepare for tonight's opening game of the Hockey East Quarterfinals against No. 2 and top-seeded Boston College at Conte Forum.
Paul Dainton became the school's new career leader in saves and minutes played, but it was bittersweet as the UMass hockey team fell 4-3 to No. 2 Boston College last night at the Mullins Center. The two teams will rematch tonight at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill.
The hockey team fell twice this weekend at No. 1 Boston College and at No. 12 Merrimack. Despite dropping the two games, UMass remains in 7th place in the Hockey East standings. Here are the recaps from those tough losses.
The Bud Light UMass Hockey Radio Show With Toot Cahoon that was scheduled for Tuesday night at 7 PM at the Hangar Pub & Grill has been cancelled due to the weather. The Mass Attack will head to No. 1 Boston College on Friday night and No. 12 Merrimack on Saturday.
In his latest blog entries on MassLive.com, Dick Baker reviews the weekend that was for the UMass hockey team, has a mention of Justin Braun's performance at the AHL All-Star Weekend, and previews the challenge that is the last 10 games of the season for the Minutemen.
After a back-and-forth flurry in the first 10 minutes on Saturday night, Northeastern managed to tie the game in the 2nd period and neither side could score for the balance of regulation or overtime as the Minutemen settled for a 2-2 tie with the Huskies. The Mass Attack heads out on the road this weekend with games at Boston College (Friday) and at Merrimack (Saturday).
Northeastern's Chris Rawlings stood tall in goal for the Huskies handing the visiting Mass Attack a 3-0 loss on Friday night at Matthews Arena in Boston. The two teams will rematch tonight at the Mullins Center starting at 3 PM. The game can be watched live on CBS3 Now which can be found on Comcast Digital 293 and now on Charter Digital 230 throughout the Pioneer Valley.
The UMass hockey team heads to Northeastern tonight to kick-off a weekend series that returns to the Mullins Center tomorrow night to wrap up the regular-season series between the two clubs. Tonight's game will be live on NESN & NESN-HD beginning at 7:30 PM, while tomorrow's match-up will be televised live on CBS3 Now (Comcast Digital 293) beginning at 7 PM.
In Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog, he continues to preview the upcoming series with Northeastern, mentions Darren Rowe's ability to play defense without taking penalties, and looks at the schedule for 2011-12.
They're almost certainly not going to earn home ice in the playoffs, but you've still got to like the way the Massachusetts Minutemen have performed this year. After an offseason which saw them lose a staggering amount of talent, they've dealt with the ups and downs well enough to be in seventh place, just two games under .500 in league play.
Of late, they've been playing particularly well, winning three of their last four. They swept sister school Massachusetts-Lowell two weekends ago before splitting a two-game set this past weekend at Vermont. Even better is the way they played in the split. After a 2-1 loss on Friday night, they took no prisoners on Saturday, thumping their hosts, 6-0.
After missing last week's UMass Sports Luncheon due to weather, we are back in the full swing of things today. Tyler Cotto, Danny Hobbs, and Paul Dainton will all be honored as last week's and this week's Athletes of the Week. Hockey head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon and women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley will be the featured guest speakers. The luncheon starts at 12:15 PM in Room 1009 of the Campus Center.
Looking forward to next Wednesday, softball head coach Elaine Sortino and swimming & diving coaches Russ Yarworth and Bob Newcomb will be the featured speakers.
It was a dominating performance at both ends of the ice last night as the hockey team bounced back from Friday's loss for a 6-0 win at Vermont on Saturday. It was just the 2nd career shutout for goalie Paul Dainton and the first ever for the Minutemen at Gutterson Fieldhouse since 1964. Four skaters had multi-point nights led by T.J. Syner's 2 goals and 1 assist.
In John Connolly's Boston Herald hockey notebook, he looks at the success UMass had this past weekend over Lowell and has extensive quotes from Coach Don "Toot" Cahoon about the make-up of the team. Cahoon mentions some strengths of the team and says "We need to learn to play together and play well together, even if it means suffering a few losses, so that we can learn to win together. That's what we're in the midst of right now.''
The UMass hockey team earned a sweep over UMass Lowell with a 4-1 win on Saturday night to move up the Hockey East standings into 7th place. Adam Phillips scored twice for the Minutemen, while Paul Dainton carried a shutout into the midway point of the third period.
The Minutemen will head to 9th place Vermont for a weekend pair this Friday and Saturday.
Tough night at the Mullins Center as Northeastern scored 3 goals in 38 seconds to defeat the Mass Attack. Today's a new day, however, as the Minutemen will welcome No. 4 New Hampshire at 7 PM. It will be Youth Hockey Night and Kid's Club Day at the Mullins Center so be sure to come out to support your Minutemen!
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette previews Friday's hockey game against Northeastern and Saturday's tilt against No. 4 New Hampshire. He also looks at this key stretch of Hockey East games for the Minutemen.
Please join us every Wednesday for the UMass Sports Luncheon. This week's event takes place at the Marriott Center on the 11th floor of the Campus Center. On Wednesday, the guest speakers will be coach Toot Cahoon and Executive Associate Athletic Director Tim Kenney. The luncheon starts at 12:15 p.m., Please call 1-413-545-4930 for more information.
The luncheons run from 12:15 p.m., to 1:15 p.m., and are $11 per person with a salad-to-dessert buffet. Enjoy great food and a friendly atmosphere while learning the latest about UMass Athletics. Come Join Us!
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Here are several recaps from Thursday night's 5-1 loss at No. 15 Wisconsin for the UMass hockey team. The Mass Attack and Badgers will face each other again on Friday night starting at 8 PM Eastern (7 PM CST).
Dick Baker has several new entries in his MassLive.com Hockey Blog as the Minutemen prepare to head to Wisconsin for a pair of games on Thursday and Friday (8 PM EST / FSN TV). UMass will have been off for 17 days prior to Thursday night's tilt against the 15th-ranked Badgers.
If you're a fan of UMass hoops & hockey, then today's UMass Sports Luncheon will be the place for you as we have all three head coaches as guest speakers today. Men's basketball head coach Derek Kellogg, women's basketball coach Sharon Dawley and hockey head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon will each update you on their respective teams starting at 12:15 in Room 1009 of the Campus Center. The luncheon offers a full salad-to-dessert buffet for just $11.
In Dick Baker's latest MassLive.com Hockey Blog, he looks at Mike Pereira's numbers as he leads UMass in scoring and plus-minus. He also mentions the ticket office's holiday ticket specials and mentions a feature article from the Catholic Mirror on head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon.
Pete Vasquez of the Daily Collegian looks at UMass schedule over winter break starting with Sunday's match-up at Maine (4 PM) and then the pair of games at Wisconsin at the end of December. An interesting note about the Wisconsin series is that head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon's first two games as the UMass bench boss were against the Badgers 11 years ago.
The Daily Collegian has a preview on Saturday's game at the Mullins Center against UMass Lowell (1:30 PM) and a sidebar on how a resurgence in the penalty kill and good goaltending helped the Minutemen win last week.
In Dave Hendrickson's Hockey East weekly column on USCHO.com, he focuses on the role special teams played in UMass two wins last week and how a turn-around in that area can lead to future success. The article includes extensive quotes from UMass head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon.
Dan Gigliotti of the Daily Collegian looks at the impact the freshman class is making on the UMass hockey team, but quotes coach Cahoon as saying there is still a lot of work to be done. He also has an update of UMass players in the NHL.
Dick Baker looks at the challenges of playing an afternoon game as the UMass hockey team hosts UMass Lowell on Saturday at 1:30 PM. Also, he has a feature on Michael Marcou doing away with superstition, takes a look around Hockey East, and asks the question of why more people don't know Dale Rolfe. Send a Twitter to @UMassAthletics if you know the answer!
In Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog, he takes a look at the next two home games for UMass, he writes about the atmosphere of New Hampshire, and has some quotes from the Hockey East Media Teleconference that was held yesterday morning.
It was a thrilling game last night for college hockey fans as UMass clawed back after trailing twice to take a 3-2 lead with just over 60 seconds left in the 3rd period only to have No. 8 New Hampshire score 20 seconds later to force a 3-3 tie. Here are the recaps from last night's action.
A tough loss for the Minutemen last night at No. 8 New Hampshire, 3-0. Both the first and third periods were scoreless, but the Wildcats cashed in on three straight power plays in the second period. The two teams will play again tonight in the Whittemore Center at 7 PM.
As the Minutemen are in the midst of their pregame skate this Friday morning, here is a look at several previews for tonight's game at New Hampshire (7 PM). The two teams will also play tomorrow night (7 PM) to close out the weekend series. Both games are at the Whittemore Center.
Several new installments in Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog From the weekend along with recaps of the Army & Sweden games. Dick also takes a look around Hockey East and begins to preview this weekend's series at New Hampshire.